Guyana wins gold at Pan Continental Curling in Canada
Guyana men are the B-Division gold medallists at the Inaugural Pan Continental Curling Championship held in Canada.
Guyana, who played with just three, was 7-6 winners over India and has now gained promotion to next season’s A-Division.
They were represented by Rayad Husain (skip), Jason Perreira (third), Baul Parsaud (second), Khemraj Goberdhan (lead), Paul Madgett (coach)
According to Husain, this is a huge win for the country and now everyone knows about Guyana and its ability to curl at a high level.
The gold medal game began in favour of the Indian side until skip Rayad Husain made an angle raise takeout in the 3rd end to score two and move ahead 2-1.
From there, Guyana took control opening up a four-point lead at the half. Holding the lead going into the final end, the Guyanese men were able to maintain the advantage and claim victory 8-5 to earn the historic first gold medal for Guyana and South America in international curling.
The victory now ensures that Guyana will be amongst the elite eight countries competing in the Pan Continental A Division next year where they will go against superpowers Canada, United States, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Chinese Taipei.
Teams that finish in the Top 5 in the A Division next year will earn a berth in the 2024 World Men’s Curling Championship at a venue still to be decided and will allow countries to earn valuable points towards Olympic qualification in 2026 in Milan Cortina.